Photo Credit: top: Masami Arao bottom: Simon Trapnell
REVIVE TIME Kaki Tree Project
In 1945 the atom bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, causing mass destruction. Revive Time Kaki Tree Project is a worldwide consciousness raising project taking Kaki (persimmon) seedlings grown from trees that survived the bomb as an inspirational focus.
In 1994, Dr. Masayuki Ebinuma, a tree doctor, grew seedlings from the bombed kaki trees to give out to children. In 1996, contemporary artist Tatsuo Miyajima discovered the history of the trees and started a project to support this activity as Art. A non-profit organisation Revive Time Kaki Tree Project was formed to encourage children around the world to experience descendant seedlings through art and a tree planting ceremony.
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Revive Time was launched at the Venice Biennale in 1999. BA subsequently encouraged a Gloucestershire Primary School to apply for a seedling. Children from the school wrote letters to Japan and some months later the school was awarded a tree. BA helped facilitate artists' workshops at the school culminating in an exhibition and a tree planting ceremony at Nature in Art on 15th March 2002. Tomiko Mizumura and Masami Arao from the Kaki Tree Executive Committee attended the planting ceremony. Japan 2001 supported the initiative as Festival event 278. Each year children from the school revisit the tree. The photo Hello Japan (image 5) recalls such a visit in May 2003.
Image 1. Impression (lifting templates). Before the tree planting ceremony children ceremonially lifted templates leaving an impression of the Kaki tree seedling on the grass lawn. Led by BA.
Kaki Tree seedling, mixed media